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Published on January 25th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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How Does A $27,000 Ford Focus Energi Sound?

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January 25th, 2014 by
 

Originally published on Gas2.

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Ford hybrid sales have exploded over the past year as the Blue Oval added several electrified models to its lineup. Leading Ford’s hybrid charge was the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, two plug-in hybrids that could soon be joined by a third model, the Focus Energi, which will offer a longer electric driving range and a lower price.

The Ford Focus Energi is rumored to debut when Ford unveils a refreshed look for the popular hatchback. It will likely share the same 2.0 liter, Atkinson cycle engine as the C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi, but could go up two 25 miles on just electricity, versus the 21 miles in the C-Max and Fusion. This could be from improved battery chemistry, motors, or just being a smaller lighter car. This will be yet another variation on the Focus line, which already includes the 247 horsepower Focus ST and the Focus Electric with a 76-mile EPA rating.

More important though is the rumored price tag of $27,000, which would make it one of the most affordable plug-in hybrids on the market. The Ford C-Max Energi starts at $32,920 and the Fusion Energi starts at $34,700, but both can utilize $3,750 of the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, bringing the price down to $29,170 and $30,950 respectively.

If you gave the Focus Energi a starting price of $27,000, the effective price would be under $24,000, which leads me to believe the $27,000 price is probably after the tax credit is applied. But maybe Ford will surprise us all with an even more affordable plug-in hybrid, and they did just slash $4,000 from the price of the Focus Electric. A mid-$20,000 plug-in hybrid would be lovely, wouldn’t it?

Source: Auto Express | Green Car Reports

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A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or esle, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • wattleberry

    It seems to be generally accepted that we will end up with pure EVs once batteries have improved sufficiently to give range. In the meantime, why don’t they compromise on a modest increase in range to, say, 50 miles and finance the extra battery cost by economising on the cost of the generator engine and the sophisticated management system, sacrificing some economy in the process,but only on longer trips?
    In that way, provided the vehicle was so designed, it would be less wasteful to replace the range extender by the improved batteries when appropriate, varying according to user mileage and preference, and increase immediate demand in the knowledge that obsolescence would be postponed.

  • Peter Forint

    This would be a game changing car for Ontario, Canada with the current gov’t incentives for EVs.
    2010 Prius Driver

  • Matt

    The good thing about these cars, even with short pure electric drive (20-30 miles). Is people learn how much of their driving really is short distances. So it’s a EV with training wheel to teach people that they could have gone full EV, and by the time they buy there next car ….

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Agreed. I think they are a great stepping stone, both for this behavioral reason and for those who genuinely need a car with a lot of range (but can’t afford a Tesla).

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